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New guidance from Acas on employees with long-term or life-threatening conditions

Acas has published a new guide to help employers manage staff with long-term or potentially life-threatening conditions, including cancer, HIV and multiple sclerosis.

As well as specific sections on these three conditions, the guidance, Conditions automatically treated as a disability – The Equality Act and Cancer, MS and HIV, covers topics including telling the employer, the manager’s role, the law on ‘reasonable adjustments’ for disabled employees, telling colleagues, and keeping in touch with disabled employees on pre-agreed absences.

It also covers the application of disability law to these conditions, and other relevant law such as data protection. It also includes comprehensive links to other resources.

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• Now


• Read Conditions automatically treated as a disability – The Equality Act and Cancer, MS and HIV on the Acas website

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Jonathan Waters is the founder of Helix Law. Before qualifying as a Solicitor he worked in industry and in investment banking for over a decade. He was also the Partner in charge of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law and Property Litigation at Stephen Rimmer LLP. Jonathan has wide experience of helping and advising businesses to avoid or to deal with commercial disputes and in particular construction disputes.

This article is written to raise awareness of the issues it discusses and it may not be updated after it is first written, even if the law changes. It is not intended to be legal advice and cannot be relied on as such. Helix Law is not responsible or liable for any action taken or not taken as a result of  this article. If you think the matters set out affect you and you wish to apply them to your particular circumstances then we are happy to give you free initial telephone advice. 

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